When we get used to a place, the sights and sounds become too common. Too familiar. When that happens, we stop seeing. We start taking things for granted and stop exploring. This is unfortunate because, then, appreciation fades.
Our artwork is an exploration of two things that are familiar to us--our Chinese heritage and our birthplace. We use Chinese style painting to depict Baguio landscapes. The collection will be displayed in our exhibit entitled "BiYao/碧瑶" - a Chinese painting exhibition of Baguio's Landscape”.
Most of the art pieces may not be familiar to most people because what we tried to to portray in these paintings are the uncommon landscape we fail to recognize.
About the Artist
Norman Chow is a veteran of the Baguio art community. He graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in humanities and was a pioneer of the Tahong Bundok and a mentor to many students of the arts. He shares his expertise in Chinese calligraphy and watercolor through his classes and workshops. His own art has graced exhibits both here and abroad.
Chino Chow is a visual artist and radio jock. He is self-taught in the art of Chinese painting but sometimes draws inspiration from his father's work. Not one to set limitations to his creativity, he is also a graphic artist and muralist.
The Baguio Museum will feature Chinese painting for the first time ever in the exhibit "Bi Yao," which will be open to the public on October 4 to 29. The exhibitors are father and son duo Norman Chow and Chino Chow.
Chinese painting makes use of a Chinese writing brush and rice paper. Unlike Western landscape paintings which aim to capture a precise image of the subject, Chinese landscape painting is fluid and imaginative. The artists paint their interpretation of what they might observe if they were flying over mountains. With their work, they invite viewers to join them on this journey through nature. Norman Chow's Chinese paintings have been exhibited locally and abroad, as have his work in water color and calligraphy. His son Chino Chow shares his interest in the visual arts, he is also a graphic artist.
The Chinese way of appreciating a painting is often expressed by the words du hua, “to read a painting.” Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Painting in the traditional style is known today in Chinese as guóhuà, meaning "national" or "native painting", as opposed to Western styles of art which became popular in China in the 20th century. Traditional painting involves essentially the same techniques as calligraphy and is done with a brush dipped in black ink or coloured pigments; oils are not used.
Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. Painting in the traditional style is known today in Chinese as guóhuà, meaning "national" or "native painting", as opposed to Western styles of art which became popular in China in the 20th century. Traditional painting involves essentially the same techniques as calligraphy and is done with a brush dipped in black ink or colored pigments; oils are not used.
On Chinese Painting
The two main techniques in Chinese painting are Gongbi, meaning "meticulous", uses highly detailed brushstrokes that
Gongbi, meaning "meticulous", uses highly detailed brushstrokes that delimit details very precisely. It is often highly colored and usually depicts figural or narrative subjects. It is often practiced by artists working for the royal court or in independent workshops. Ink and wash painting, in Chinese
Ink and wash painting, in Chinese shui-mo ("water and ink") also loosely termed watercolor or brush painting, and also known as "literati painting", as it was one of the "Four Arts" of the Chinese Scholar-official class. In theory, this was an art practiced by gentlemen, a distinction that begins to be made in writings on art from the Song dynasty, though in fact, the careers of leading exponents could benefit considerably. This style is also referred to as "xieyi" or freehand style.
Landscape painting was regarded as the highest form of Chinese painting, and generally still is. The time from the Five Dynasties period to the Northern Song period (907–1127) is known as the "Great age of Chinese landscape"
They'll be introducing Chinese painting by the coming Chinese new year in 2018, supported by Filipino Chinese Community headed by Peter Ng